PTA on Film vs. Digital + 'Interstellar': 'Brave the Line, See It in IMAX'
Over this past weekend, filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson showed up in New York City for the premiere of his latest film Inherent Vice at the 52nd New York Film Festival. In addition to participating in a rather lackluster press conference afterwards, PTA also participated in a discussion event the next day where he spoke for over an hour about all kinds of different subjects. One topic that kept coming up was the film vs. digital battle, as PTA is one of the few still advocating and using film, and Inherent Vice was one of the only films at this year's NYFF showing (once) in 35mm. "That should just be how it is, nothing should go away" he explained, advocating that we should embrace digital AND 35mm, and not phase one out for the other.
During the discussion on film, PTA commented (via The Playlist) on the various filmmakers who continue to work with film, including specifically Quentin Tarantino, J.J. Abrams and Christopher Nolan. The latter is the one he brought up first. "Christopher Nolan is at the front lines of all of this, I have to say," Anderson says. "He's made a beautiful film, if anybody gets out to see Interstellar when it comes out." NYFF moderator Kent Jones then joked about how people may just go see it, to which PTA replied: "I’m just trying to put in the good word, he's a decent filmmaker; you probably haven't heard about this one." Another joke about the insane buzz for Interstellar. "Support this filmmaker." Quite a solid endorsement from PTA.
The only other thing he added about Christopher Nolan's Interstellar - out in theaters in less than a month:
"But don't fuck around, go see it in IMAX," PTA said turning serious. "Brave the line. Do it, bite the bullet," he stressed.
I love it. PTA endorsing Nolan saying to support him and go see his film in IMAX? Enough said. As for the other filmmakers keeping film alive, PTA says of Tarantino: "Quentin's much more vocal about it though… He wants to tar and feather people. Its turned into one of his movies: I'll cut your fucking ear off.'" On his own feelings, PTA comments that "I stay out of it." Laughing, he adds: "I know I throw my hat into the ring for what I like, but I find it difficult getting on anybody because it's their bag. If it's your bag, and you're into it… I wouldn't tell you what to do, and you don't tell me what to do." Indeed, which ties back to his original statement about how "nothing should go away" and we should embrace both formats, not one or the other.
To listen/watch the full press conference with PTA and the Inherent Vice cast - visit here. Head to The Playlist to read more from his discussion on filmmaking. Here's one last bit of Interstellar hype to remind you that even the legendary Paul Thomas Anderson loves Nolan's sci-fi; it will probably live up to the hype:
Paul Thomas Anderson has seen Christopher Nolan's "fucking incredible" INTERSTELLAR. "Brave the line. See it in IMAX." #NYFF On Cinema
— New York Film Fest (@TheNYFF) October 5, 2014
I'll be there on opening night - info on tickets for Interstellar here. I'm glad Paul Thomas Anderson came to town and spoke so openly about a number of topics, many of which are being recapped by other sites online (just search for "Paul Thomas Anderson NYFF" on Twitter for even more links/quotes/coverage). Nolan's Interstellar arrives in theaters November 7th, and PTA's Inherent Vice arrives in theaters December 12th.